Person to Person: Put Worry In Time Slots To Control Stress

By Judi Light Hopson, Emma H. Hopson and Ted Hagen
Tribune News Service

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Most of us have multiple issues that weigh on our minds. To fix the stress, it pays to set some parameters around dealing with such pain. Several wellness experts share a few tips on dealing with stress.

Tribune News Service

Are you walking around in a daze about worry you can’t fix? You might worry morning, noon and night.

Worry can feel like a dead weight in your heart or your stomach. You can’t talk it away, ignore it or wave a magic wand to fix it.

You might have money problems, health problems, or relationship problems. Or, you might be struggling with something complex that’s taking over your life.

“I thought I had a pretty good life,” says a friend of ours we’ll call Pam. “I did until my adult son got a divorce and my elderly parents both developed health problems. For a couple of weeks, I felt nothing but pressure inside my head.”

Most of us have multiple issues that weigh on our minds. To fix the stress, it pays to set some parameters around dealing with such pain.

Here are some tips:

-Live 24 hours at a time. This helps you prevent overloading your anxiety levels. Try to figure out what steps you will take each day vs. worrying about tomorrow too much.

-Put worry into a 30-minute time frame each day. Think of it as a half-hour to devise solutions. And, try your best to avoid worrying first thing in the morning or last thing at night.

-Come up with small steps. Break down your solutions into doable tasks, such as phone calls you can make or small favors you can solicit from someone.

Our friend Pam, for example, was worried about her grandchildren during her son’s divorce. She also wondered how her son would keep himself together emotionally.

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